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Dr. Aquilla Talbott Obituary – Fayette County

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, December 17, 1838 – September 3, 1907.  Sallie J. Head, his wife, January 13, 1839 – August 2, 1909.  Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County, Kentucky.

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Wednesday, September 4, 1907

Dr. Aquilla Talbott, one of the best-known physicians of Lexington, and an ex-Confederate soldier, died at his residence in this city at 6 o’clock this morning.  Dr. Talbott had been in bad health from a complication of kidney and stomach diseases for several months.  Yesterday afternoon he felt so ill that he went home about 1 o’clock and retired, hoping that he would feel better after a night’s rest.  he, however, grew gradually worse until he expired this morning.  Dr. Talbott was born in Bourbon County in 1838.  When he was seventeen years old the family moved to Franklin County, where he grew to manhood.  When Bragg’s army invaded Kentucky he joined Scott’s Louisiana cavalry and served with that organization until the close of the war.  In 1870 he came to Lexington and began the practice of medicine, in which he gained a wide acquaintance and popularity.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock, the Rev. Preston Blake officiating.  The interment will be in the Lexington Cemetery.  The pallbearers will be as follows:  W. H. Snyder, Shelby Kinkead and Ben T. Head, of Lexington; J. S. Head, Jr., Ashland, Ky.; R. C. Head, of Louisville and Augustus Talbott of Paris, Ky.

The Frankfort Roundabout, Franklin County, Kentucky

Saturday, September 7, 1907

Stephen and Nancy Brown Lucas of Mercer County

Charlotte Olson was kind enough to share photos and information for this post!  Stephen Lucas and Nancy Brown are her second great-grandparents.

stephen-nancy-brown-lucas-1This is the earliest photo of Stephen and Nancy Brown Lucas.  In the 1880 Census of Mercer County, Kentucky, Stephen is 40, a farmer, Nancy is 38, Leonard is 13, Mary 82 12, Irene is 10, Brown is 7, Sallie is 5, William is 3 and Bohon is 1.  They originally lived in Scott County, that being the place of birth of Stephen.  In the 1900 Census of Mercer County Stephen is 60, and couple has been married 40 years.  Nancy is 57, she had 9 children and 8 are still living.  Most of the older children have married and moved away, but the young ones still living with their parents are Bohon, 20; Virginia, 16; and Nannie B., 13.

Stephen Lucas fought with the Confederates during the Civil War.  He was a member of John Hunt Morgan’s band.  Stephen and his brother were both captured and taken prisoner to Camp Douglas, in Chicago, Illinois.  The brother died there, Stephen was held prisoner for many months, but finally released.

stephen-and-nancy-lucas-0012-1Another photo of the couple, yes, they have aged, but they have sweet faces, and I’m sure were an inspiration to their children and grandchildren.  Stephen was the son of William Lucas and Priscilla Boyle.

stephen-and-nancy-lucas-001-3Another photo of Nancy Brown Lucas sitting on her front steps.  It mentions the home is on Dry Branch Pike outside of Danville.  I have driven this road many times, in fact the Old Mud Meeting House Cemetery is on this road, closer to Harrodsburg.  Charlotte has such treasures in these photos!


Stephen Lucas, January 31, 1840 – April 28, 1905.  Nancy, his wife, August 18, 1842 – March 1, 1926.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

This is Charlotte’s photo – taken several years ago.  Mine, taken more recently, was harder to read.

stephen-lucas-obituary-001-2Stephen Lucas’ obituary in The Harrodsburg Herald, Thursday, May 4, 1905.


A Good Citizen Passes to His Eternal Rest.

Mr. Stephen Lucas, one of the best known and most highly respected men in the county, died Friday night after a short illness of black erysipelas. He was about 65 years of age, and man of sterling character. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at his home, the old Nelson Rue farm on Dry Branch, by Rev. Vaughn. Mr. Lucas was one of the band of Confederate soldiers who are fast answering the last roll call. He was a member of Morgan’s command and was with him on the Indiana and Ohio raid. He and his brother were both captured and taken to Camp Douglas, where the latter died, and Mr. Lucas himself was held a prisoner for many months. On his release he returned to this county, his native home, where he married and settled down as a farmer. During his lifetime he perhaps owned more farms than any man in the county. He would purchase a desirable place, live on it a few years and improve and build up the land, and then sell at an advanced figure. This dealing in real estate was successfully managed and there are few purchasable farms in the county which have not at one time passed under his ownership. He was the father of a large family, and carried throughout his domestic life the same kindly and indulgent traits that marked his dealings with the outside world. With two exceptions, this family, now grown men and women and all excellent citizens, still survive him, as well as a devoted wife. It is the taking off of such good men and true citizens that impoverishes our citizenship.

This is a beautiful tribute to Stephen Lucas, one most deserving of these kind words.

nancy-b-lucas-dc-1The most important piece of information we gather from the death certificate of Nancy Brown Lucas is her parents – Greenup Brown and Mary Aldridge, both born in Kentucky.

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, March 6, 1926

The many friends here of Mrs. Nancy Brown Lucas, widow of the late Ste­phen Lucas, of this county, are grieved at her death Monday after­noon, after a brief illness, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Durham, in Danville. Mrs. Lucas was eighty- four years old. She kept house with her son, Mr. Brown Lucas, until his death about four years ago. She then went to Danville to reside, after living all her life in Mercer County. She was a member of the Methodist Church, a splendid woman, who was loved by all who knew her. The funeral was held Wednesday at the residence of Mrs. Dur­ham, conducted by the Rev. Fuqua, of the Danville Methodist Church. The burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery in this city. Mrs. Lucas is survived by three sons and four daughters: Mr. Leonard Lucas, Louisville; Mr. William Lucas, Lexington; Mr. Bohon Lucas, Harrods­burg; Mrs. C. A. Roy, Brownsville, Texas; Mrs. W. E. Durham, Danville; Mrs. E. P. Terhune, Harrodsburg; Mrs. Chas. Smith, Miami, Florida. Besides the children she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sallie Robinson, of this city, twenty-four grandchil­dren and ten great- grandchildren. Mrs. Roy and Mrs. Smith were unable to be here for their mother’s funeral.

Another beautiful tribute – how quickly lives flit by – let us make the most of it while we are here.  And thank you, Charlotte, for sharing your family with us – it was a delightful meeting!






Dr. Alex A. Farris Obituary

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, May 18, 1905

Was At Perryville

The death of Dr. Alex A. Farris at Hickman, Kentucky, Monday, was received here with much regret.  When quite a young man he entered the Confederate service and was severely wounded at the Battle of Perryville.  He was brought to Harrodsburg and then taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Coleman on the Lexington Pike, where his arm was amputated and where he hovered between life and death for many weeks.  He finally recovered, went to Missouri, graduated in medicine and became one of the foremost physicians of that commonwealth.  About six years ago he wrote here asking about his former friends who had cared for him in his hour of need.  Learning that both were then alive he paid them a pleasant visit of several days.  In the terrible yellow fever epidemic that visited Hickman in 1878 the courage and devotion to duty, which made so good a soldier, prompted him to remain with and serve his people.  Of the six home physicians all died except Dr. Farris, who seemed to bear a charmed life through the scourge.

Nicholas M. Marks Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State by Perrin, 1887

Woodford County

Nicholas M. Marks, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, was born October 6, 1844, and is the eldest son of Samuel B. and Louisa (Crain) Marks, natives of Georgia.  The paternal grandfather was also named Nicholas M. and his wife was named Ann P. (Matthews) Marks, both natives of Virginia.  The maternal grandfather was Spencer Crain, a native of North Carolina; the maternal grandmother was Mary (Thompkins) Crain, a native of Georgia, and all were of English origin.  Samuel B. Marks was a soldier in the Confederate Army under General Johnston.  Nicholas M. Marks was also a Confederate soldier and was wounded at Franklin.  He entered the University of Alabama in 1862, remained one year, but was a prisoner of war when Lee surrendered.  In February, 1873, Mr. Marks married Miss Lizzie Barnett, a native of Alabama.  To this marriage have been born five children, viz.:  Nicholas B., Sarah P., Samuel B., William M. and Elizabeth.  Mr. Marks came from Alabama to Woodford County, Kentucky, in 1877, and is now engaged in farming on two farms of 360 acres, 150 of which are in Fayette County.  Mr. Marks is  Knight Templar.

John Crepps Wickliffe Biography

from Biographical Sketches of Kentucky by Perrin – 1887

Nelson County, Kentucky

Honorable John Crepps Wickliffe, United States Attorney for the district of Kentucky, was born in Nelson County, Kentucky, about one mile from Bardstown, July 11, 1830, and is a son of Charles A. and Margaret (Crepps) Wickliffe. The latter was the only daughter of Christian Crepps, who was killed in the terrible boat fight with the Indians, on Salt River, in 1788. Of the Wickliffe family it is unnecessary to speak here, as they are so frequently mentioned in the body of this work. Judge Wickliffe, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the schools of Bardstown, and at Centre College. After completing his education he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1853, and has held many important public positions. In 1857 he was elected to the Legislature, and in 1859 was secretary of the Senate. He left Bardstown in 1861, with a company of the State Guard, and finally joined the Ninth Kentucky (Confederate) Infantry, as captain of Company B. He was promoted to major, and afterwards to lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, and was in the campaigns through Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina, laying down his sword in the final surrender. He fought gallantly at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and at other places, frequently in full command of the regiment. Twice elected, he served as judge of the Bardstown Circuit from 1871 to 1880. In 1885 he was appointed United States District Attorney for Kentucky by President Cleveland, which position he now fills. Judge Wickliffe inherits the talents and force of character of one of the most noted and intellectual families of Kentucky. He was married, in 1853, to Miss Eleanor Curd, of Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Henry Plummer Obituary

IMG_7282Henry Plummer, 1834-1904.  His wife, Lizzie, 1842-1910, Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky

from The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, January 21, 1904

Found Dead in Bed – His Death Causes Much Sorrow

The entire community was shocked Wednesday morning by the announcement that Dr. Henry Plummer had been found dead in bed at his office, which he had used as a sleeping apartment for some months. He had been complaining two or three days previous. Early Monday morning he called up Dr. W. D. Powell, whose office adjoined his own. He seemed to be suffering with an acute attack of indigestion and Dr. Powell relieved him. On Monday night he again called up Dr. Powell by telephone, and again later in the night. Dr. Powell then took him to his room where he remained the balance of the night. On Tuesday night Dr. Powell called on him and they talked for an hour or two, and on leaving Dr. Powell asked him to again occupy his room. Dr. Plummer replied that he felt so much better that he would remain in his own room, saying that if he needed him he would call him up. At 7 o’clock Wednesday morning, Henry Speaks, the colored man who attended the office, went into the room and found Dr. Plummer on his left side, with one hand extending down the side of the bed. The boy at once notified Dr. Powell. From indication he had passed away without a struggle, and had been dead but a short time. Deceased was a native of Fleming County. He enlisted in Captain Ben Desha’s Confederate Infantry. He was medical officer of the company and remained in the hospital at Bowling Green until February, 1862, when, on the retreat, he was assigned to an Arkansas battalion as surgeon. He was at Shiloh, Perryville and Chicamauga. After the war he located here and married Miss Lizzie Mills, daughter of Major Benjamin Mills, who had charge of the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry at the time of the John Brown raid, whom he met while caring for wounded soldiers after the Battle of Perryville. Dr. Plummer had served as President of the Central Kentucky Medical Society, also as President of the Mercer County Medical Society and as school trustee and was a leading Mason. Two children, Mrs. Arthur Wiseman, of Shelbyville, and Mrs. Bowen Jones, of Lexington, survive him. All Masons are requested to meet at their hall at 1 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon to attend the funeral, which will take place at 2 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Vaughn of the Methodist Church will preach the funeral, Dr. Hunter being too ill to officiate.

Leavell Brothers Die Three Months Apart

B. F. Leavell passed away December 25, 1913, and his brother, R. Curt Leavell, who wrote such a lovely and touching remembrance of his brother, himself passed away March 19, 1914.

from The Weekly Advance, LaCenter, Ballard County, Kentucky

January 2, 1914

B. F. Leavell No More

He was stricken speechless late Christmas Eve, and ere 12:55 o’clock his spirit had taken its flight to the God that gave it. His last breathing seemed so peaceful, as if God kissed him and he fell asleep. This was so in accord with his nature – peace with all men. How cruel the Reaper seems and truly thou hast all seasons for thine own, oh, Death! We feel that we could have given him up more freely had he been long sick, but apoplexy seized him and in a few hours he was no more.

He was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on March 26, 1843, was moved in the fall of the same year by his parents, W. A. and Sarah Leavell, to Ballard County, where he spent the most of his life. While he lived out the allotted time of man, he was so vigorous and jolly one would hardly thought he had passed the 70th milestone. His presence was like a ray of sunshine. As I now reflect over the past few months, it seems that his every act was a finishing touch to his life’s work. How agonizing would have been that last “Goodbye” to him just a few days before he was taken had we known that was our parting, here so often when leaving he would say, “Well, Curt, I’ll be back every few days!” Those that knew him best loved him most. He left his wife, Mrs. Liza, and Willie, his son, also two brothers, L. W. and R. C. Leavell, and sisters, Mrs. A. O. Elliott, Mrs. W. A. Christian and Mrs. Jesse Rich, all of whom reside in this county.

It is so sad ere the silver chord is loosed or the golden bowl is broken, but we weep not as those without hope, for as he passed over the mystic river we know he had a pilot there. He served with distinction as a Confederate soldier. He fought in the famous battle of Shiloh, while his brother, John, was mortally wounded, he, himself, passed through with only a slight scar.

Reverend Gregston of the 2nd Baptist Church of Paducah, conducted the funeral services which was ably rendered from 1st Cor. 15th Chapter, and latter clause of the 6th verse. “But some are fallen asleep.” After which his remains were entered in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery by a sorrowing concourse of relatives and friends. Our loss is his gain, since death is the gateway into eternal life. But oh! We will miss him at home, at church and in the neighborhood – so many hearts are saddened; yet, we cannot say Good-bye, for he is ever near.

His spirit has gone to that land of rest, Where loved ones stand in habiliments fair; And where Jesus stands ready, To welcome us there.

Gone forever – how sad now sounds the word,  We see his home, but know he is not there, He’s with our God – he rests beside his Lord; He toiled long, but released from all care.

His work will live, When men forget his name. Why should we sigh and shed a tear?  For we know our loss is his eternal gain.

His wife will miss his smiling face, His son his tender care; Their home is made a lonely place, For there’s no father there.

You have left them precious brother, But there’ll be a glorious dawn, And you’ll meet to live together, On the resurrection morn.

My heart is sad and full of grief, My sorrow I cannot express, But someday I’ll get relief – When I meet him with the blessed.

His cheering words, his loving face, A more pleasant man I never knew, But who will come and fill his place?  Echo answers, “Who?”

Farewell dear brother, fare thee well, Your work on earth is complete, And your spirit’s gone with Christ to dwell, There to walk the golden street.

By one who loved him.


March 27, 1914

Curt Leavell Dead

Curt Leavell, one of the county’s oldest and best citizens, died at his home, 5 miles north of town, Thursday morning, of last week, of Bright’s disease. Mr. Leavell was a native Ballard Countian, being born and living all his life on the farm where he died. He was born in June, 1854, and had he lived till next June, would have been 60 years old. Mr. Leavell professed faith in Christ and united with Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in 1891, and ever there after lived the life of a consistent Christian, ever ready to aid those in distress and always a friend to the poor.

He was married in 1894 to Miss Glennie Elliott of Virginia, and to this union was born three children, two boys and one girl, all of whom survive him. Mr. Leavell also leaves three sisters, Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Jess Rich of Wickliffe, and Mrs. W. A. Christian, of Bandana, and one brother, Luther Leavell, to whom the Advance extends condolence. The remains were interred Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which he was a prominent member.

In Memory of R. C. Leavell

Was born in Ballard County, Kentucky, June 17, 1854, died March 19, 1914, aged 59 years, 9 months and 2 days. Son of W. A. and Sarah M. Leavell. There were 10 children in the family, four brothers and six sisters, six of whom have preceded him to that glory land. Just four remain, L. W. Leavell, of La Center, Kentucky, Mrs. W. A. Christian, of Bandana, Kentucky, Mrs. A. O. Elliott and Mrs. Jesse Rich, of Wickliffe, Kentucky, also his wife, two sons, Elliott L., aged 17, and R. C., Jr., aged 14, and daughter, Winnie J. Leavell, aged 10, to mourn his death. He had been a consistent member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for more than 20 years, and had lived a devoted Christian life. Was a Baptist from not a selfish point of view, but because the Bible taught him to be a Baptist. He was a member of North Ballard Masonic Lodge No. 537, Bandana, Kentucky, under whose auspices he was peacefully interred amidst a large concourse of friends and relatives in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, March 20, 1914. His pallbearers were A. T. Dulworth, W. C. Rudolph, F. M. Tucker, J. L. Mitchell, T. L. Younger, Will Dulworth and Hugh Stovall, all brothers of his fraternity. The funeral was preached by his pastor, Brother J. M. Burgess, in a very able and consoling manner, taken from Heb., 2nd chapter and 9th verse: “We see Jesus”. “Home of the Soul”, “Over the River”, “Nearer My God to Thee” and “Asleep In Jesus” were sung by the Bandana choir. His family loses a kind and loving companion and devoted father. One so patient, it can be truthfully said he lived a life devoted to God and his family. No worldly pleasure ever came between him and his duty. No sacrifice was ever too great for him to make, if he thought it for the good of his family or any example to the world, though like many fathers, he stayed very close at home, yet like the vine that clusters so closely around our door, ever shedding its welcome shad and its sweet perfume, he so sheltered and enriched that home, that it was not only a never ending blessing to the family, but also a pleasure to even the passerby, a living example of goodness, humbleness, modesty and virtue to the community.